Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 182D, VH-RHC, north-east of Kalgoorlle, 21 September 1969

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Arrangements had been made to drop two parachutists from the aircraft over a red clay pan and for the aircraft to land so that the parachutists could be returned to Kalgoorlle. The clay pan was inspected by one of the parachutists some two weeks previously but he had no particular qualifications to assess the suitability of the proposed landing area. He informed the pilot that the area was suitable and, subject to an aerial inspection, the pilot accepted this advice. Since the ground inspection, about forty points of rain had fallen in the area. When the parachutists made their descent and landed on the clay pan they sank through the salt crust at a depth of 9 Inches into the boggy sub-surface. They then moved to the edge of the clay pan and the pilot made a low fly past to Inspect the surface but the efforts of the parachutists to warn him were misunderstood. The aircraft approached to land and touched down several hundred yards from the parachutists. When the nosewheel contacted the surface It broke through the crust and ploughed a furrow through the mud. The aircraft then slowly overturned and came to rest Inverted.
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General details
Date: 21 September 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1545 WST    
Location   (show map): north-east of Kalgoorlle    
State: Western Australia    
Release date: 22 June 1970   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 182  
Aircraft registration VH-RHC  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Kalgoorlie  
Departure time 1515  
Destination N. E. Kalgoorlle  
Last update 28 May 2014